KANSAS CITY, Mo. (June 17, 2014) – On June 10, Kansas City’s National Center for Fathering (NCF) held its 19th annual Father of the Year Celebration honoring championship fathers and father figures in the metro area at Kauffman Stadium.
NCF was able to not just honor fathers, but father figures as well. In the group of ten finalists there was a grandfather, a stepfather, a campus supervisor and a foster father alongside six biological dads. While all the fathers and father figures walked away surely feeling a sense of pride, Steve Huff, nominated by his son Braxton, received the official title of “Kansas City Father of the Year.” He accepted NCF’s Dan Quisenberry Championship Fathering Award on the field before enjoying watching the Royals win with his family and the rest of the finalists.
“I was humbled and extremely proud of my son, especially proud to be his dad! It just reassured me that my time given to loving him, talking and listening to him, sharing in his interests, giving spiritual guidance along with encouragement and boundaries have helped him become a wonderful young man,” said Huff on hearing the essay Braxton wrote about him.
The contest starts with a student essay contest in Kansas City area schools (grades 1-12). The “What My Father Means To Me” essay contest was designed by NCF to raise awareness about the importance of fathers and father figures in the lives of children. Volunteers read the submitted essays and select four runners up and a first place winner for each grade. The fathers of those 60 finalists are then asked to complete a questionnaire and ten of those fathers are selected for a telephone interview. Those ten fathers and father figures were honored at the Father of the Year celebration at Kauffman Stadium.
NCF also has a Father of the Year Celebration in partnership with the Minnesota Twins and would like to congratulate Perry Thinesen, nominated by his daughter Katrina, on being named Father of the Year for the state of Minnesota.
Photos from the events are available upon request using the below contact information.
The National Center for Fathering (www.fathers.com) is a leading national nonprofit organization, with widely-implemented programming such as WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students), a one-of-a-kind school based father involvement program that works to support education and safety. NCF also offers innovative tools and resources that inspire and equip fathers to be more involved with their children to give each child a better future and to create a positive fathering legacy.
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